After our lunch we started on the mixed walking and biking trail from Emu Bay, the Ellen Cove Boardwalk climbs above the rocks of Point King, following the coast around the Princess Royal Harbour to the Albany central business district. The trail stretches for three kilometres, and features spectacular views of the Princess Royal Harbour. It soon became too hot to continue at around 30° so we strolled back the way we came.
Baudin was the man France held responsible for its failure to colonise Australia. Rumour has it that Napoleon Bonaparte said of him: ‘Baudin did well to die, on his return I would have hanged him.’ How unfair that would have been, for Baudin’s expedition was the first great French success after so many dismal failures.
Such were the effects of the ‘poison pens’ raised against him and poor Baudin was completely unable to defend himself as he had died in Mauritius on the return voyage.
Baudin was at the end of a long list of French explorers who set off for the south land and never returned. La Perouse, d Entrecasteaux, Dufresne and St Allouarn had all gone before him and had all died before making it home to France.